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is that technology is going to fix the problem, but i believe the evidence suggests that it's not. okay, the gentleman in a blue tie. >> thank you. i worked as a united nations spokesman from iraq in two years. i want you to comment so much on the trillions but on the much bigotry of hundreds of billions of dollars that was wasted under something called the. e., the project reconstruction, mainly under the pentagon in which they would start something and never goes forward, never would be completed. the iraqis never benefit. where did the money go? thank you. >> you know, one of the reasons that we wrote the book was that people had the sense that we're spending a lot, but it's sort of difficult to get you around you aren't around with a lot me speak when it comes to the reconstruction money i think it's particularly sort of hard to think about. about. so just kind of put in context, for example, in afghanistan we spent $87 billion on afghani reconstruction. most of which the pentagon has as they put it lost visibility on it. now, compare that to the national parks where we spent $2.5 b
together to prevent this. we will use our space technology to nudge this asteroid and prevent it from hitting the earth. and i think that will be a watershed moment in human history. and so thank you very much. >> and we want to get into how you're going to nudge it away, and we'll get into that. mr. dalbello. >> thank you, mr., -- thank you. chairman, senator cruz, it's a pleasure to be here today to talk about the issues of space risk and how they relate to the commercial sector, the commercial operators who are earning their living day-to-day in space. we've been in this business for about 50 years. we're currently flying about 70 satellites. so we're pretty familiar with the space environment and the risks it entails. as a global fleet operator serving both commercial and government customers, reliability and continuity of service are our highest priorities. whether it's uav operations over afghanistan or the final game of the ncaa tournament or financial statements that have to be transferred securely around the world, um, we know that our customers expect flawless performance. t
of the past. they are trapped into the ideas, the technology, a mindset. they fight over how to redistribute on the right and redistribute by having bigger bureaucracy. but there are -- they are trapped in age of candles. the first african electric lights about 1800. on october 22, 1879, thomas edison's laboratory at the first successful electric light. ithis was 79 years of hard work. and it lasted 13 and a half hours. within a few months, edison had hit upon using carbonized bamboo. and the first practical light using carbonized bamboo lasted 1200 hours. here's what edison said. this is the spirit we launched, -- lost, which seemed determined to avoid thinking about, edison said, quote, we will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles. [applause] you know, i want to tell you, i've been trying for two and a half years to get the house republicans to understand the they control every committee and subcommittee in the house. they could be having a hearing every week on the future in every single committee and subcommittee. they could be contrasting the various and sundry
degrees in critical science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. in the u.s., 76% of all registered -- from the top, from the top 10% producing. they come from foreign students. foreign students here in the u.s. who then become inventors. these foreign-born inventors are driving economic prosperity with the consequences of their background in these hard sciences. in our current system, we welcome foreign students to the united states. we provide them the world's best education, and then we send them home so that they can compete against us. and, frankly, this makes no sense. america's current involvement in asia must not be confined by the same old approaches that may have once served a purpose, but for now woefully outdated. indeed, we must harness the full potential of american ingenuity to address the spectrum of challenges we have before us. and this is out build samsung in the aftermath of the korean war. and much like the mythical phoenix rising from the ashes, south korea and samsung are today truly world class. together, we can ensure that the future legacy of ame
, substantive actions; messaging, demographic partners, campaign mechanics, technology and the primary process. but first, i want to point out that the project's recommendations are not limited to those five areas or even to the rnc. our state parties, grassroots, allied organizations, sister committees, elected officials and candidates can all learn something from this report. each of them is going to have a role to play. at the rnc we're in the campaign business. our task will be to reach out to the most voters and build the best infrastructure ever. the policy aspects of the report are most valuable for candidates and elected officials. a passion for the issues drives good campaigns, and voters of all races, income levels and backgrounds need to understand that our policies offer a chance for a brighter future. the report offered some specific examples of areas where republicans fell short in this regard. highlighting the ways that some groups of voters have been turned off. it also highlighted examples of republican innovation particularly among our governors that have won over new voters.
, called microprecision technologies is a small family-owned business with about 20 employees that makes semiconductors used in the military, aerospace, medical and communications industry. about 80% of microprecision's business is with the department of defense. sequestration has meant that their orders are down about half for the month of january, and they had been planning to hire two new people, but unfortunately they can't do that because they're so uncertain about what's going to happen. that's why we need a better approach to address our budget situation. we need a plan that looks at all areas of our spending, at our domestic, at our defense as well as revenues through in passing out the budget resolutions that before us this week. that's why i support it. it replaces the harmful cuts under sequestration with a balanced mix of responsible spending cuts as well as additional revenues. so instead of across-the-board cuts, the budget makes targeted cuts to several areas that cuts health care spending without harming beneficiaries, it reduces defense spending cuts as we wind down our
because the information technology age has changed everything. the good news is, the diswhroobz are being -- the jobs that are being created, these new middle-class jobs, have a lot more opportunity for a lot more security and fulfillment and higher pay. the bad news is we don't have a lot of people that have the skills for those jobs. we have a skills gap in america that needs to be closed. and that -- that involves education up and down the line. but the one i want to focus on is school choice. i think it is wrong that the only parents in america that cannot send their kids to the school they want are poor parents. i think that is fundamentally wrong. middle-class parents, they can sacrifice and scrape and some of them, not all of them, some of them can afford to send their kids to the school of their choice. rich people can send their kids to any school they want. but a poor parent in america, they're stuck. envision this for a moment. envision this for a moment. you are a poor parent, you are a poor, single mom or single dad, you're living already in a dangerous neighborhood in substa
of costs. one of the reasons is that we don't settle on the requirement and on the technologies in the weapon system. we don't say, okay, that's it. because americans being innovative as we are continually improve whatever the technology is inside of a weapon systems. and until now we've been continually upgrading, changing the design and the development of these weapons systems. part of it, this is a multi-faceted acquisition reform. it was levin-mccain reform. so it was bipartisan reform. john mccain is very, very aggressive on this issue. and so part of that, and there are many more parts to it, but part of that is to say that we're going to stop any new developments, when we get to a certain point early in this development of a weapons system and leave it there. it may be only 90% as good but it will be half the cost. another thing that we've done there is we've, we put in many more stop points in the cycle in terms of cost to try to keep these costs in line. and there's a number of other things that we have put in place. with the f-35 the manager of that program was let go.
educational technology like broadband that our students need to succeed. this plan creates an infrastructure bank to leverage public funds with private investment. it invests in our workers by making sure they have the skills and training they need to move into the 3.6 million jobs businesses across the country are trying to fill. and it is fully paid for by closing loopholes and cutting unfair spending in the tax code that mainly benefits the well off and well connected. our budget also makes sure we are not reducing our fiscal deficit while increasing our deficits in education and skills and infrastructure and innovation. while cutting spending responsibly overall, it protects our investments in national middle class and economic priorities like our schools and our roads and bridges and our clean energy and manufacturing industries. mr. president, this budget puts jobs first and our economy first and foremost, but it also builds on the work we've done over the last two years to tackle our deficit and debt responsibly. you know, in 2010, president obama established the national commission o
. and, seven, technological solutions to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to a changing climate must be made available to the people of developing nations. that is from the united states conference of catholic bishops. we heard from the quaker friends committee on national legislation. they wrote that climate change -- quote -- "is the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced." the evangelical environment network urges immediate bipartisan action, saying -- and i quote -- "the simple truth is, those opposed to climate action have done a good job of having climate change viewed as a political issue, even a partisan one. we firmly believe that the need to act to overcome climate change is a moral issue, that it should be viewed morally rather than in a partisan fashion." the national council of the churches of christ, representing 37 christian denominations, calls for a national policy that -- and i quote -- "lifts up justice, stewardship, sustainability, and sufficiency as guiding tenets." interfaith power and light, a national faith-based campaign against global warming, tells us t
technology companies. anybody else that was an investor in business, whether you were me or mitt romney at bain capital, you look the at three items you would look at on any business plan. one was, did that business invest in its workforce? because in a global economy, it is a imloabl competition for talent and the most important criteria you can look at if a business is going to be successful are the workers going to be traininged, are theying go to be able to compete and do the job? the second thing you'd look at in any business i would look at is, does that business is havea plan to invest in its plant and equipment, whether you are creating software or making widgets, are you going to stay competitive in a very competitive marketplace with how you make things? and the third issue is, no matter how successful your business is today, are you going to stay competitive in this global economy and how do you stay ahead of the competition? because no matter how good you are today, somebody tomorrow will come up with a new idea. businesses that met those three criteria, i would invest in.
, we have one somewhere else i can't remember. $2.6 billion. science, technology, education and math. we all agree it's important. the pentagon has over 100 programs. the pentagon itself has over 100 programs. and then we have another 105 or so programs spread across the rest of the agencies. 13 different agencies have a science, technology and engineering. why is that in the department of education? as i finish this, i won't go to the next chart just on the basis of time. i just outlined a whole bunch of different programs, not one of them has a metric on it that says we're successful or unsuccessful. not one of them. each of these agencies have multiple programs run across multiple organizations. what we have discovered on job training is that we're real good in job training with federal programs of employing people in job training. we're terrible in terms of giving them a life skill that will give them a lifetime work capability. let me take a short time to show you some examples. you can see why we have such big charts. here are the federal preschool and daycare programs. so if y
and technology, i think we ought to say "yes" and vote to move to cloture on the senate bill. mr. shelby: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from alabama. mr. shelby: mr. president, i want to repeat what -- to some extent what senator mikulski just said. number one, this would avoid a government shutdown. that should appeal to everybody. i think it appeals to the american people. it should appeal to everybody in this body tonight. secondly, it enforces the budget control act and sequester leve levels. yes, again, enforces the budget control act and sequester levels. granted, it's perhaps not everything's ideal, but what is here? there will be ample time to address many of the issues. some of the issues have been raised are bona fide issues that we were unable to address, for one reason or another, in this process. but i assure my colleagues -- and i've been working with my colleagues and with senator mikulski's democratic colleagu colleagues -- if we do not move forward, i'm afraid that there may be no future appropriation bills, which isn't good for anyone in this legislative
for investing in science and technology. second, we comply with the budget control act, costing no more than $1 trillion. and it's bipartisan. let's vote. mr. shelby: i ask for the yeas and nays. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there appears to be. the clerk will call the roll. vote: vote: vote: the presiding officer: anyone else wishing to cast their votes? the yeas are 70. the nays are 29. the amendment is agreed to. under the previous order, there will be two minutes of debate prior to a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on h.r. 933. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senior senator from alabama is recognized. mr. shelby: we've just voted as everybody knows on the mikulski-shelby substitute. our next vote is a cloture vote and then assuming it passes it's final passage. it's my understanding the house is waiting on this bill. i hope we can get it to them as quickly as we can and i yield back the balance of my time. ms. mikulski: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senior senator from maryland is recognized. ms. mikulski: i want to oako the comm
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